Big eighth inning lifts Pickles
Portland 12, RIDGEFIELD 5
The Pickles exploded for eight runs in the top of the eighth inning to turn a 5-4 deficit into a 12-5 lead.
The win evened the series at 1-1 going into the finale at 3 p.m. Sunday before 1,293 fans at Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex in Southwest Washington.
The Pickles had seven of their 13 hits in the eighth. Kyle Velazquez (Saint Mary's) led off with a double and scored when the next batter, John Jensen (UC Irvine), singled. Ridgefield committed two errors in the inning, and Velazquez came back with a single and another run scored on another single by Jensen.
Jensen finished 4 for 5 with three RBIs. Velazquez was 2 for 4 with three runs scored.
Gabe Skoro (University of Portland, ex-Lincoln High) and Kyle Manzardo (Washington State) each had two hits and an RBI.
Jonathan Kelly (Xavier, ex-West Linn High) earned the win in relief, improving to 1-1 this summer.
The Pickles raised their second-half record to 6-2, good for second place in the West Coast League South Division. Corvallis leads at 6-1. Ridgefield is fourth at 4-5.
FRESNO FC 2, Portland 1
Fresno turned two early goals into its fifth consecutive win, beating Portland in front of 3,457 fans at Chuckchansi Park.
Ryan Sierakowski scored for Portland, converting T2's only shot on goal in the match in the 47th minute off a feed from Foster Langsdorf.
Ramon Del Campo scored in the sixth minute for Fresno with a well-placed header of a corner kick delivered by Jemal Johnson.
Arun Basuljevic doubled the lead in the 19th minute, when he beat Portland's Nathan Smith on the dribble and finished from the right side of the penalty area .
Portland is 7-6-7 (28 points) fell to seventh place in the Western Conference of the USL Championship. T2 have a draw and four losses in their last five games. Next is a 6 p.m. July 28 game at Providence Park against Los Angeles Galaxy II.
With its fifth win in a row, Fresno is unbeaten in seven and up to third place with a 10-2-7 record (37).
Aaron Wise, former University of Oregon star, was tied for 36th and 15 shots off the lead after three rounds of the Open Championship at Portrush, Northern Ireland.
Shane Lowry shot an 8-under-par 63 on Saturday to get to 16-under 197 and lead second-place Tommy Fleetwood (66) by four shots.
Wise had a 71 and 212 total.
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